Middle East

Turkey's Cavusoglu says work on Manbij plan has sped up

Foreign minister says Turkey working with the US in identifying who will run the Syrian town once the YPG has withdrawn.

Turkey's Cavusoglu says work on Manbij plan has sped up

Europe

UK security minister believes John Cantlie still alive

The British photojournalist was last seen in an ISIL propaganda video in 2016, but has not been heard from since.

UK security minister says hostage John Cantlie may still be alive

Syria's War

Turkey 'in contact' with Syria through its spy agency

Turkish leader rules out any direct talks with President Bashar al-Assad, but confirms having 'low-level' contacts.

Erdogan: Turkey in contact with Damascus through its spy agency

Syria's War

Syria: Uncertainty over refugee 'safe zone' proposals

While talks on safe zones for Syrian refugees continue, there is no clear plan on who will govern them and how.

Syria safe zone: 'A long-term problem rather than a solution'

Turkey-Syria border

Erdogan: Safe zones in Syria will allow refugees to return home

Turkish president says safe zones to be set up in northern Syria will allow more refugees to go back to the country.

Erdogan: Safe zones in Syria will allow refugees to return home

Middle East

Russia: Deal with Turkey on Syria's Idlib not fully implemented

Moscow and Ankara tried to create a de-escalation zone in Idlib to allow displaced Syrians to return to their homes.

Russia: Deal with Turkey on Syria's Idlib not fully implemented

Syria's War

Turkey expects Syria 'safe zone' set up in months

Erdogan says Turkey will form buffer zone along Syria border on its own if logistical support not given by allies.

Erdogan: Turkey expects Syria 'safe zone' within months

Turkey

Turkey 'open to working with others' on Syria safe zone

Foreign minister says Ankara also has the capacity to create the proposed zone on the Turkish-Syrian border by itself.

Cavusoglu: Turkey open to working with others on Syria safe zone

Syria's War

What to expect from Putin-Erdogan meeting on Syria

US troop withdrawal, a security buffer zone, and hardline fighters' control of Idlib province high on the agenda.

Turkey

US demands security guarantee for Kurdish YPG from Turkey

Secretary of State Pompeo tells Turkey's Cavusoglu forces that fought ISIL alongside US troops must be protected.

US demands security guarantee for Kurdish YPG from Turkey

Syria's War

ISIL targets joint US-Kurdish convoy in northeastern Syria

No casualties reported in the car bomb attack that targeted US troops in Syria's Hasakah, according to US army.

ISIL targets joint US-Kurdish convoy in northeastern Syria

Middle East

Turkey ready to take over Syria's Manbij, Erdogan tells Trump

In phone conversation, Turkish leader tells US counterpart recent bombing that killed US personnel was ISIL provocation.

Turkey ready to take over Syria's Manbij, Erdogan tells Trump

Syria's War

US has 'no plan for Syria' after pullout: US ex-envoy

Bratt McGurk, who quit over Trump's decision to withdraw, says lack of strategy in Syria increases risk to US forces.

US has 'no plan for Syria' after pullout: Ex-envoy Brett McGurk

Syria's War

US senator links Trump troop withdrawal to deadly ISIL attack

Bomber kills 19 people in Syrian town of Manbij, including four Americans, as Syria pullout plan stirs more controversy.

Syria's War

Questions swirl after attack on US forces in Syria

Deadly suicide assault on US forces demonstrates need for transformed anti-terrorism cooperation, analysts say.

Manbij attack 'calls for better US-Turkey cooperation' in Syria